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Abyssinia Jackson is born during a tornado in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the turn of the last century. Blessed with a gift of song and a voice that thrills and delights the entire community, Abby is brought up in the bosom of the church and under the watchful eye of Mother Vera, a folk-healer. Like Job, Abby is fated to undergo a series of trials that all but shatter her faith. Her journey from despair to wisdom is a timeless, as well as timely, parable that cuts across color lines and religious beliefs.

Festival Successes

Full productions at Dallas Lyric Stage (TX) in 2001, Goodspeed Musicals (CT) and North Shore Music Theatre (MA) in 2005, Arena Stage (DC), Cleveland Playhouse (OH), Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center (NY), Shubert Theatre (MA), African Globe TheatreWorks (NJ). Hackney Empire (London) in 2013.